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8 Principles For Embracing Trials Part 1
5/10/2016

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials… James 1:2 (NKJV)

A few years back, while sitting in the back yard with my wife Carol, the wind began to gust with great force. Both of our established and newly planted trees began to bend, and the younger ones looked as though they might not be able to endure. But such was not the case, and they sprung right back up once the wind subsided. I immediately smiled knowing God had just given me an illustration with respect to the Christian walk—it is the testing of our faith as we are faced with the various trials in life. 

As the wind comes against the treetops, it forces the roots to go deeper and to reach further out to receive the proper nutrients and to provide stability. This process is all a part of God’s perfect design to prepare the trees to stand fast. And so it is with the problems we face—they too, will cause us to go deeper into the water of the Word of God and to reach out in our faith with him. This, in turn, will bring about stability for us in those times of greater trials.

I believe we are given great principles within God’s Word for embracing trials when they come upon us. I’d like to look at eight principles that will help us to understand how God is shaping, equipping, transforming, teaching, and preparing us as His children. Let’s look at our first principle for the trials we will face.

·      God is Testing our faith:         Every trial we face will expose our faith for what it is—either weak or strong. 

The LORD tests the righteous…Psalms 11:5 (NKJV)

As we are tested in various trials, our attitude will act as a barometer to indicate our faith in God’s promises and provisions for us.  We are actually answering the question of whether we trust God or not by our actions in response to trials. If our faith is weak, we will tend to become angry, bitter, resentful, and we may even view ourselves as victims—saying things such as, “This isn’t fair” or, “Why me Lord?”  This type of false perception can bring about a great burden and we can become overwhelmed. Every decision will be affected and our attitudes will be that of doom and gloom—lacking hope. 

Q:         So how should we handle a trial when we begin to feel overwhelmed?

We should always seek the Lord in Prayer, and choose to fix our mind upon Him and His word.  We need to abide in what we know to be right, and trust that God is in control and will guide our steps (Prov. 3:5-6). When we find ourselves doing things not found to be in the will of God, we must repent immediately. Once we have repented and confessed them for what they are, we can be reconciled to God and given a perfect peace (Isa. 26:3; Phil. 4:6-8). 

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to trust God, especially if you’re in the midst of a trial. He has a plan, a reason, and a perfect purpose to use each of these trials for our transformation to be Christ-like. He is in control!

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to the trials we face, and getting relief from them?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you trusting and seeking God when you face trials?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord every day, and especially in the midst of our storms. Choose to trust Him and apply what you know to be right.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, thank You for the trials I will face. I am sorry for those times I have doubted You in the midst of the storms. Help me to remember these truths in the future when facing the temptation to doubt, worry or fear. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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